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Newsletter – 25 March 2020

Hi, and welcome to this week’s newsletter!

How quickly our world has changed; how, unbelievably, a horror movie plot has become our new (ab)normal!

There are heaps of interesting reads on the one-and-only topic that matters at the moment, ones that I hope will provide some worthy insights and advice while you work from home, or otherwise.

Indeed, one can’t but be enormously grateful that the food industry will carry on – keeping doing what it does best, to the best of its ability in trying circumstances. To all food-bev workers out there, across the very long supply chain, we salute and thank you all. And on the brighter side, yours is one industry that is in boom mode right now!

I’ll be keeping you regularly posted on interesting news, trends and developments – I’ve worked from home for years!

If you have comments, insights, advice, warnings, good news stories, job offers, useful products etc that you’d like to share with your compatriots, please post them on the FOODStuff SA Facebook page, or send them to me for possible publication in my newsletters.

Wishing you well: be safe, kind and considerate to you, and others!

FOODStuff SA Newsletter 25 March 2020

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25 March 2020



Hi, and welcome to this week’s newsletter!


How quickly our world has changed; how, unbelievably, a horror movie plot has become our new (ab)normal!

There are heaps of interesting reads on the one-and-only topic that matters at the moment, ones that I hope will provide some worthy insights and advice while you work from home, or otherwise.

Indeed, one can't but be enormously grateful that the food industry will carry on – keeping doing what it does best, to the best of its ability in trying circumstances. To all food-bev workers out there, across the very long supply chain, we salute and thank you all. And on the brighter side, yours is one industry that is in boom mode right now!

I'll be keeping you regularly posted on interesting news, trends and developments – I've worked from home for years!

If you have comments, insights, advice, warnings, good news stories, job offers, useful products etc that you'd like to share with your compatriots, please post them on the FOODStuff SA Facebook page, or send them to me for possible publication in my newsletters.

Wishing you well: be safe, kind and considerate to you, and others!

Brenda Neall
Publisher/Editor


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Corornavirus: advice for SA food workers and upcoming webinar

SA’s foremost food microbiology expert, Dr Lucia Anelich, has developed a freely-available infographic poster for the food industry. An Advice for Food Workers infographic is available for download from her website, www.anelichconsulting.co.za, in both an A3 poster and 2-page information sheet format. The infographic outlines Coronavirus symptoms, how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, […]

Checkers 60 delivery service

Prescient innovation from Checkers’ grocery delivery

Late November last year, Checkers, with some unplanned forethought in light of today’s circumstances, launched a new on-demand grocery delivery service that promises to deliver online purchases within 60 minutes. The Sixty60 app – which is still in a test phase – features over 5,000 products including a variety of beers, wines and spirits from […]


COVID-19: The biggest risk is not the virus

Lots of food for thought here… This article argues that the bigger, if not the biggest threat that COVID-19 infection poses globally is not the virus itself. It is the devastating economic fallout. Contributing factors are broken or terminally ill healthcare systems and “market psychology”. A perfect viral ‘storm’ Experts define market psychology as “the […]


Coronavirus advice for the food industry from international bodies

In the past week, the US FDA has released new information to answer coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns within the food industry… while American in focus, these resources have global relevance. The FDA’s Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner of the Office of Food Policy and Response, has assured the public that “the US food supply remains safe, there […]

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Three ways the coronavirus pandemic is changing who we are

For most the entire global population, the coronavirus pandemic represents a completely unprecedented circumstance, as novel as it is life-changing. No event in recent history has affected us as profoundly and pervasively. [Not about food, but really useful insights that need sharing! Ed] Not only does it remind us of our physical fragility, it undermines […]


Taste Charts South Africa

Kerry’s South African flavour chart 2020

As a global leader in taste and nutrition, Kerry Ingredients looks to discover and translate taste trends, and this year has released the 2020 Kerry Taste Charts for South Africa. [A fabulous resource! Ed] Drawing from consumer trends, sales performance and endorsements by its culinary experts, the chart looks at flavours and ingredients across the […]

Keto Products

US: Rush of keto innovation spurred by popularity of the diet

The keto diet is undergoing a meteoric rise, and with it the market size is booming, as is keto innovation. In 2018, the global keto market was valued at $9.7-billion, and now it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% to reach $15.6-billion by 2027, according to The Insight Partners. The low-carb, high-fat […]

Ice cream trends shift towards greater pleasure and less guilt

Pleasure is still key among driving ice cream trends, with consumers naming its taste, the fact that it’s a treat and makes people feel happy as the top three reasons for buying it, reports Innova Market Insights. However…. … as a new report from Innova Market Insights highlights, in the contemporary consumer environment the balance […]


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NSF Recruitment Retail Auditors

Wanted! Retail Auditors

NSF is a leader in food safety inspections and certification in the food industry. Currently we have openings for Retail Auditors in several areas… The Africa head office is based in Stellenbosch, operating throughout the continent helping retail organisations set standards, understand expectations, change behaviour and ensure public health through periodic food safety audits and […]

Food Association Managers

Wanted! Food Industry Association Managers

An established Food Industry Association, located in Gauteng, invites applications to fill two management positions. The successful applicants will proactively complement each other in successfully filling the following roles, advancing the interests of, and contributing to the growth of the industry. General management of the organisation, which includes the effective functioning of committees, sub-committees and […]

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Hand sanitiser

SA alcohol industry steps forward to alleviate the hand sanitiser shortage

The alcohol industry has mobilised to save South Africa from the persistent shortage of hand sanitiser, reports CapeTalk radio. Like many compatriots in other countries, local alcohol producers have come up with some help to the shortage of hand sanitisers, and pledged to donate 40 000 litres of alcohol (96%) to make hand sanitisers. Consultations […]


Brewgel Punk Sanitiser

Liquor producers step up to make hand sanitiser

The demand for hand sanitiser has spiked in recent weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, making the germ-killing product hard to come by both in stores and online. With their ample supplies of alcohol, distilleries have stepped up to close the gaps. According to Nielsen data in the US, hand sanitiser sales were up 470% year […]

Nitro-infused lager

Budweiser innovates with new nitro-infused lager

The US division of Anheuser-Busch InBev has unveiled its first “nitro-infused” lager under the Budweiser brand name. AB InBev says the new nitro specialty brew – a first-of-its-kind golden lager with national scale – is breaking the rules of conventional beer and offering a premium drinking experience for beer lovers. Goes the PR: “Budweiser Nitro […]


Sobrietry trend

Why young people are drinking less – and what older drinkers can learn from them

Young people are drinking less than ever before. Some reading this will be able to recall the 1990s – the decade of peak alcohol, when drinking was a key part of life for young people. The decade saw the rise of pub and club culture, public displays of drunkenness by young adults and the arrival […]

Hard kombucha

No soft beverage category is safe from alcohol

Big alcohol brands are following, not leading. And where they are headed is alternative drink categories, many of them “hard” versions of non-alcoholic beverages. Hard seltzer surpassed $500-million in sales in 2019, according to the media and consumer research firm Nielsen, growing more than 200 percent in 2019. It took a bite out of light […]

They said it….


Rethinking food production?


“IT’S time to admit that we, as a civilization, have outgrown the dated notion of using animals to produce meat. Hunting and animal farming served their purpose for millennia of human population growth.
  “But in 2020, we need to be brutally honest with ourselves. We can’t keep doing this. The current system is broken. It is inefficient, insecure, unsustainable, and extremely unsafe.”

Liz Specht, PhD, Good Food Institute, read more

They said it….


Looking ahead….

“THE current health emergency in South Africa is a disaster of epic proportions, but could just be the launching catalyst we need to honestly focus on the shortcomings of our present society, band together as a nation and really start working towards the future we all desire.”

Jonathan Cherry, cherryflava.com, read more

 Interesting Coronavirus – and other – reads around

the web this week….

WATCH: How food security can be maintained while fighting Covid-19
Tiger Brands CEO Noel Doyle talks to Business Day TV about panic buying and food security Sanitisers, toilet paper and canned foods — these are some of the items that are flying off retail shelves. How could panic buying affect food security?

South African business winners in the new coronavirus economy
Could this emergency be the big catalyst needed to finally really boost the utility value of e-commerce in South Africa?

  Beauty therapists, event organisers, bars and restaurants and other industries that rely heavily on the close physical orientation of their customers will understandably be facing a lot of uncertainty during this difficult time, but for other industries the conditions may be just right to ignite a massive growth surge.

Amid outbreak, an industry adapts
On the manufacturing lines and in the office, the CPG industry is being forced to make adjustments. Here’s how a number of brands across the US food and beverage sector are grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Their responses show an industry that, even as immediate demand for their products soars, is vacillating between measured caution and deep concern, and one that is anxious over the growing multitude of unknowable factors that will condition their responses over both the long and short term.

UK: “Coronavirus: rationing based on health, equity and decency now needed”
With people panic buying and supermarket shelves empty, the country’s ability to feed itself is being tested. A food supply expert makes the case for rationing in the UK, as Britain’s supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables, which predominantly come from Spain and Italy, could be severely disrupted by the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus concerns drive huge sales growth for pantry staples
As millions of US consumers stocked up on essentials to prepare for long stretches of time at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, Nielsen statistics show a lot of them bought food that will sustain them for the long haul.

The new coronavirus can live on surfaces for 2-3 days — here’s how to clean them
How long can the new coronavirus live on a surface, like say, a door handle, after someone infected touches it with dirty fingers? A study out this week finds that the virus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours.

COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin
PDTAn analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise engineered.

Nielsen tracks impact of COVID-19 outbreak on consumer behaviour
Research firm Nielsen has identified what it describes as “six key consumer behavior threshold levels” tied into the COVID-19 outbreak.

How CPG is a resource as the world fights coronavirus
During times of crisis, CPG companies have a long history of stepping up. Whether it’s assisting with cleanup and providing essentials to those in need after a natural disaster or ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in developing countries, the industry is there to lend a hand.

How CPG companies reward employees working during the coronavirus pandemic
PepsiCo, Mondelez and Hormel Foods are among the businesses rewarding their workers with bonuses, additional leave time and raises.

FREAKNOMICS PODCAST: The side effects of social distancing
In just a few weeks, the novel coronavirus has undone a century’s worth of our economic and social habits. What consequences will this have on our future — and is there a silver lining in this very black pandemic cloud?

Alpla builds new manufacturing plant in Lanseria, South Africa
Austrian packaging manufacturer Alpla is building a new production site near Johannesburg which will combine activities from five existing plants.
https://www.foodbev.com/news/alpla-builds-new-manufacturing-plant-in-lanseria-south-africa/

International standards for seafood traceability make their debut
The first-ever global standards for tracing seafood from the place of origin to the point of sale have been released. This achievement represents a significant culmination of a concerted effort by an international consortium of nongovernmental organizations and stakeholders in the seafood industry: The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability.

How many women do Unilever, Danone, Nestlé and PepsiCo employ in managerial positions?
On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2020, FoodNavigator asks some of the biggest food and drink companies how many women they currently employ – and aspire to employ – in managerial positions.

Gut microbiome studies reveal new bacterial links with diabetes
A trio of new studies are uncovering compelling insights into the role gut bacteria play in the development of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The novel research suggests the makeup of our microbiome could be both the cause and cure for diabetes.

World Recycling Day 2020: Seven businesses creating innovative recycling solutions
Whether it’s turning chewing gum into shoes or making watches from used wood, businesses across the planet are looking to develop more sustainable products. For World Recycling Day 2020 on 18 March, this looks at seven organisations innovating in this space.







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